Fifa World Cup: Portraits of winners Russia and Qatar
- 2 December 2010
- From the section World
As Russia is chosen to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar is picked to stage the 2022 tournament, BBC correspondents present portraits of the victorious nations.
RUSSIA - Alan Quartly, Moscow
"Russia never sleeps!" boomed the voice on the music for the Russian promotional video in Zurich.
You can be sure there will be lots of Russian football fans partying into the small hours.
Twenty-four hours ago the world's media was suggesting Moscow had thrown in the towel.
Now it looks like Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has played a blinder - at least for the domestic audience.
Tonight he will be the toast of Zurich when he holds his victory press conference. Some would say he will look very presidential.
His reaction appeared very quickly on Russian television after the Fifa announcement.
He said Russia loved football and today was a big holiday for the country.
Mr Putin went so far as to invoke the spirit of World War II - saying that even in the Great Patriotic War (how Russia refers to the conflict) and during the 900-day Siege of Leningrad, Russians had played football.
But, as he himself admitted, now the challenge begins for the nation.
Russia will have to prove it can build the stadiums, airports, roads and hotels that the success of its bid will be judged on.
And the country still faces lingering doubts about the racism of some sections of Russian football fans.
However, with the strong centralised state apparatus in Russia - which many observers believe is still controlled by Mr Putin from the top down - the country believes it can do it.
QATAR - Tim Franks, BBC Sport
It was the most improbable bid.
A tiny country, stuck somewhere below 100 in the football rankings, where the temperature hits the mid-40s at the time of year the World Cup is played.
But tiny Qatar had two huge weapons on its side.
One was money: great pipelines of cash, which it was willing to funnel into the tournament.
As part - repeat, part - of its bid, Qatar promised to spend $40bn (£25bn) - repeat, $40bn - on a rail and metro system to move fans around.
This is a country where the population numbers a little more than one million.
Its other big gun was marked vision.
In its final presentation, Qatar banged on and on about the transformation this World Cup could wreak upon the Middle East.
Not only, said the boss of the bid, would this show the world (for which read the West) that the Middle East is more than a turbulent and dangerous backwater. It would also bring the outside world to the fabled Middle East street.
The clash of civilisations could at last be resolved.
It is grand - perhaps overblown - talk.
But the grandees of Fifa love nothing more than to have their sense of self-importance stroked.
And with Qatar it appears to have been, indeed, a master-stroke.